What About Limas Sweed?

Douglas KopfContributor IMarch 17, 2010

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 13: Limas Sweed #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a catch as Karlos Dansby #58 and Bryant McFadden #25 of the Arizona Cardinals make the tackle during a preseason NFL game August 13, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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It speaks volumes about Limas Sweed that the Pittsburgh Steelers haven't unloaded a receiver with a persistent inability to catch the ball. From what I hear, his speed and athleticism are keeping him on the team in hopes that he will eventually catch more passes. I hope it works out, but it seems he wants out of Pittsburgh now.


Before he and the Steelers move too far down that road, I'd like to propose a different solution. After what happened last year with the defense, one of the team's biggest needs is at defensive back. What about Sweed? Everybody says he has all the moves, and he's fast. Also, anyone who saw the AFC title game against the Baltimore Ravens knows he can hit.


Why couldn't he play corner? . The biggest obstacle I can see is perhaps Sweed wants to be a receiver and nothing else. But I find it hard to believe that the same person who clobbered that forgotten Raven two years ago would turn down a chance to play defense. Best of all no one would really be expecting him to catch passes!


I think this could work. Unfortunately, with the Steelers signing two more wide receivers, it may already be too late.